The Natural Resources Defense Council launched a campaign this week to spotlight key U.S. Senators for their failure to act on a clean energy bill to fight global warming.
The campaign includes a “Ticker” that tallies the cost of the Senate’s failure to take up clean energy and climate legislation in environmental and economic terms along with web and radio ads running in target states to illustrate the consequences of the U.S. Senate’s failure.
This campaign focuses on Sens. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), Susan Collins (R-Maine), George Lemieux (R-Fla.), Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), Scott Brown (R-Mass.) and Jim Webb (D-Va.). The “Ticker” advertisements naming the Senators will run in state-specific websites later this week. Companion radio ads naming each Senator will also run this week.
According to NRDC:
"The “Ticker” tracks the U.S. Senate’s Failure by tallying since 2:26 P.M, EDT, July 22, 2010:
- Tons of global warming pollution dumped into the air.
- How far the United States has fallen behind other countries in clean energy investments.
- Number of jobs nationally, and in each state, the Senate could have created.
For example, here is the script of the radio ad being run in Missouri:
“In Washington, August means break time. The Senate's website says it's a chance for senators to spend time with family and catch up on summer reading.
But for millions of Americans struggling to pay the bills, there is no summer break.
Last month, Senator McCaskill had a chance to help Americans by supporting a climate bill that would have created up to 1.9 million new clean energy jobs. But it didn't happen.
Senator, when you've caught up with your summer reading, we'd like you to get back to work on passing a strong climate bill -- for American jobs …and for America's future."